Firm is ‘devastated’ following death of worker at Peterborough firework factory

Brendan  Ledgister
Brendan Ledgister

The directors of the firework factory where a worker died yesterday have said they are ‘devastated’ following the accident.

Brendan Ledgister (24), who is believed to be the father of a baby girl, died following the explosion at Le Maitre Factory in Fourth Drove, Fengate, Peterborough yesterday (Tuesday).

Debris on the ground at Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152029.JPG

Debris on the ground at Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152029.JPG

Today, Karen Cornacchia and Rick Wilson, the joint directors of the firm, issued a statement on their website.

They said: “We have today lost one of our own. Le Maitre is devastated to confirm that following an explosion at the Le Maitre factory in Peterborough yesterday morning one employee, Brendan Ledgister, has died as a result of his injuries. One other employee suffered minor burns and at this stage is recovering.

“We are all deeply shocked. There are no words to describe the devastation we all feel but our loss cannot be compared to that which his family and close friends have suffered, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of his loved ones at this time. We will be doing all we can to support them over the coming days and months ahead.

“We are working diligently with the Police and Health & Safety Executive to try and establish the cause of this incident and we will do everything in our power to get to the bottom of what happened.

Police at the scene at Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152085.JPG

Police at the scene at Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152085.JPG

“We want to thank everyone for the messages of support we’ve received since yesterday. They’ve been a great source of comfort and we are deeply grateful for the kindness people have shown during one of the darkest days in the company’s 41-year history.”

A fundraising page has been set up to help Brendan’s girlfriend Chelsey and daughter Olivia.

To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-a-beautiful-woman-and-her-baby

An RAF Bomb Disposal team at Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152047.JPG

An RAF Bomb Disposal team at Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152047.JPG

Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152063.JPG

Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152063.JPG

Damage to a building at Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152008.JPG

Damage to a building at Le Maitre pyrotchenics in Peterborough, where a man suffered severe burns after an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story POLICE Fireworks. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire POLICE_Fireworks_152008.JPG

Explosion at Le Maitre firework factory EMN-180310-082955009

Explosion at Le Maitre firework factory EMN-180310-082955009

Explosion at Le Maitre firework factory EMN-180310-083028009

Explosion at Le Maitre firework factory EMN-180310-083028009